A longitudinal study of John Woo helicopter hate:
|Film||Helicopters Destroyed||Helicopters Used Unsafely|
|Hard Target (1993)||0||1|
|Broken Arrow (1996)||4*||too many to count|
|Mission Impossible 2 (2000)||0||2|
This little survey was disappointing, frankly. I really thought that John Woo HATED helicopters. But clearly, he got most of it out of his system in Broken Arrow. (In fact, he is a relative latecomer to the directorial sport of helicopter destruction, and he has a long way to catch up to Roland Emmerich . Don’t get me wrong — he’s definitely has some issues with helicopters — but perhaps there is another explanation.)
Maybe he got into some kind of 12-step helicopter hate program, based on this pattern. You know, he never really liked helicopters, and then he got into his serious hate phase, and then, over a course of many years of hard work with his sponsor, tailed off to his pre-addiction levels of helicopter misuse.